James Marsters now: What is Buffy actor James Marsters doing now?
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James Marsters is a 58-year-old actor from California and he first rose to fame as antagonist Spike in Buffy The Vampire Slayer. He joined the cast for season two and went on to become one of the best-loved characters, having transformed from one of the villains to one of the protagonists. Fans are keen to find out what the actor is up to now, and Express.co.uk has all you need to know.
What is Buffy actor James Marsters doing now?
Marsters took on his first professional acting job in Chicago in the late 1980s, and he went on to star in small roles for both the stage and TV.
His breakthrough role, which gained him critical acclaim, was as Spike in the teen supernatural series Buffy The Vampire Slayer.
The star would have been about 35 when he featured alongside Sarah Michelle-Gellar as Buffy Summers in the hit series.
His character was intended to be a minor role from the outset, but due to Spike’s popularity with fans, he remained a part of the series until the final season.
Fans were also excited to see him appear as one of the main characters in the spin-off series Angel, which saw David Boreanaz also reprise his role as the title character.
Marsters also had a small role in Doctor Who spin-off Torchwood, starring opposite John Barrowman’s Captain Jack Harkness in 2008.
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The father-of-one married Patricia Jasmin Rahman in 2011, and he went on to star in a whole host of films and series.
His film credits include P.S. I Love You and New Life, and he has just finished production on the film Abruptio. In terms of TV, he went on to have recurring roles in Smallville, Witches of East End and Runaways.
Alongside his screen roles, he has continued with his music career and became the lead singer of the band Ghost of the Robot in 2003.
He launched a solo music career in 2004 and became popular with fans in the UK, selling out an acoustic tour.
Ghost of the Robot reformed in 2010 and they have released a number of albums. His son, Sullivan, is the lead guitarist.
In December 2020 his son offered online guitar lessons to fans, and Marsters said on Twitter: “Hey everyone! Sullivan Marsters, lead guitarist for
@GhostoftheRobot, and my son, is offering guitar lessons over Zoom!
“Anyone on Earth that can download the app can get taught by him. He’s the best guitarist I’ve ever met…and yes, I know I’m biased!”
Back in April 2020 he shared some fan photos from the Wizard World virtual Buffy Con, and was delighted with the amount of support he continued to receive.
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He said: “Wizard World’s virtual Buffy Con was incredible! I got Cosplay photos from all corners of the globe. Not all were from yesterday’s Con, but who cares.
“Ur all beautiful! Thanks to everyone who came. You gave me a wonder day! [sic].”
Some of his fans were surprised to learn he was not a British character, and he mastered the British accent with the help of Buffy co-star Anthony Stewart Head.
In 2019 he took part in an interview with The Telly Show, saying he was encouraged to take on a punk rock vibe.
He said: “Joss Whedon wanted a punk rock vampire and punk started in London in the 70s when a whole generation woke up with the fact their parents had made no room for them in the economy or culture and they rebelled against that.
“He told me he wanted the ‘Sid Vicious’ of a vampire. I’m a punk rocker from the 70s… I remember watching The Clash.”
Marsters was only supposed to feature in a few episodes as the “boy toy” of the quirky vampire Drucilla (Juliet Landau).
He said: “Buffy and Angel were finally going to sleep together and Angel was going to go evil.
“To prove he was going to be the big bad he was going to kill me. In order to be the big bad you have to kill the big bad, so they built me up to be really cool just so Angel could look really cool.
“The whole point being, of course, we were going to break Buffy’s heart.”
Marsters said it was partly down to his chemistry with co-star Landau he got the role and was able to continue as Spike.
Fans continue to show admiration for the star to this day, with one saying: “I love that James still loves and respects Buffy that he still talks about it with the same passion he did 15+ years ago… He’s such an underrated actor! I miss Spike! [sic]”
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